Use of a Sec. 2503(c) or minor’s trust allows for transfers of property (and income shifting) to children, while parents maintain control of the property at least until the child reaches age 21.
Personal Financial Planning
This article focuses on two resources often used in financing medical care: home equity loans and distributions from retirement plans and IRAs.
The sale of life insurance policies, commonly referred to as life settlement transactions, is becoming an increasingly popular and heavily marketed way for policy owners to realize the value in their life insurance policies. This article discusses the financial and tax ramifications of life settlement transactions and how CPAs can help clients obtain the best results from them.
CPA financial planners can use these approaches to help clients avoid delays and expensive mistakes in providing top-quality care for loved ones dealing with issues from aging or dementia.
An estate plan is incomplete without a detailed list of instructions that explains how to carry it out.
The AICPA is integrating personal financial planning into university-level curriculum in a manner that would help prepare prospective CPA candidates to qualify for the Personal Financial Specialist credential shortly after obtaining their CPA license.
This article discusses changes that might affect clients that are divorced, are in the process of divorcing, or that have prenuptial or post-nuptial agreements.
This article discusses options available to clients to help pay for their children's or grandchildren’s education.
CPA financial planners need to consider their clients’ unique circumstances and help them avoid mistakes that could lead to the wrong decision.
A Form 1040 review with clients can facilitate a discussion on strategies to address major tax law changes.
This column discusses advising clients on the implications for choice-of-entity decisions, charitable giving strategies, and estate, retirement, and higher education planning.
This article discusses the potential benefit of choosing to include scholarships or grants in income.
This article examines the requirements and limitations taxpayers face when seeking benefits of significant education-related income tax provisions.
CPAs are in a key position to assess tax implications of property divisions and must consider professional responsibility standards if the ex-spouses both want to remain clients.
Life insurance can be a surprisingly valuable hidden asset for clients who are retired.
A tax adviser can help a client smooth out the high-income-tax peaks and the corresponding lower-tax-bracket years with an effective bracket-management strategy.
These plans can allow a large amount to be contributed on behalf of the owner while maintaining flexibility in making contributions in future years.
Disciplined planning for realizing gains lessens the potential for unanticipated taxes or ugly year-end surprises.
Due to “extremely low” demand and high costs, the Treasury Department announced that it is ending the myRA retirement savings program.
A range of economic, political, personal, and other uncertainties can lead to clients having deep-seated fears about doing any one thing.